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2013 Art Festivals & Events in Japan

The Setouchi Triennale, Aichi Triennale and Kobe Biennale are three of the spectacular art festivals schedule to be held in Japan in 2013.

The events will feature a variety of art works, including live and performing arts, contemporary and modern arts, some traditional arts, music and art collaborations and more. Events will take place in several locations throughout the cities, in both indoor and outdoor venues. The art is presented in a unique manner; namely, in a way that allows visitors not only to enjoy the art, but to learn about and appreciate the character, history and beauty of the regions hosting the events.

An international gathering of artists will be exhibiting their works, bringing a broad and eclectic flavor to the events. Some sites will keep a few artworks open to the public even after the festival closes, so visitors can enjoy them year-round.


Setouchi Triennale 2013
Spring Session: March 20th – April 21st
Summer Session: July 20th – Sept. 1st
Autumn Session: Oct. 5th – Nov. 4th

The festival will be located on several islands in the Seto Inland Sea and the surrounding port cities.

Shinji Ohmaki "Liminal Air - core -
" Photo:Osamu Nakamura


Aichi Triennale 2013
Aug. 10th - Oct. 27th

The festival will be held in Aichi's capital, Nagoya City and nearby Okazaki City.

Aichi Triennale 2013
<< SUN CHILD >> 2011, courtesy of the artist


Kobe Biennale 2013
Oct. 1st – Dec. 1st

Several main venues, including Kobe Meriken Park area and Port of Kobe.

Kobe Biennale 2009, Art Exhibition at the Port of Kobe Competition


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